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Make Family Game Night a Holiday Tradition

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Family Game Night Favorites

 

Disclosure: We were provided sample product in exchange for honest reviews. As always, the opinions and content shared within is strictly our own. This article contains affiliate links. #Sponsored

Family Game Night

You know that space between “I can’t eat another cookies” and “my fingers are numb from wrapping”? Indulge in a break from it all and try a Holiday Game Night. Maybe expand it to include some friends, neighbors, coworkers… or maybe just keep simple with your immediate clan. Either way, this season brings some fantastic (and fantastically easy) games for such an occasion. Let’s take a look:

 

Crozzit, for example, is a piece of cake to set up, explain and dive in. No stress. This is a 2 player game that plays pretty fast (15 mins) and perfect for “in-between” moments. Object: Each player races to build a path to the opposite side of the board, which crisscross each other. Simple. Fun. Done.

Family Game Night Favorites

Turnspell is another quick game (20-25 mins) geared for ages 10+ with elements of Scrabble and elements of Boggle. A turnstile board center piece is placed in the middle with four alphabet tiles facing each player (2 to 4 players). Each participant selects a tile from the four directly in front of him/her to place on their individual tile grid platforms. The turnstile spins, participants select another tile in an attempt to spell four four-letter words on their grid.

Family Game Night Favorites

Mousetrap, an oldie but goodie because it is so hands-on. If I’m being honest… I’ve passed on this game because of my PERCEIVED setup requirements, however… you build the trap as part of the game. I dislike games with complicated setups and assumed the mousetrap needed to be assembled in advance of game play. WRONG. So… this game is suddenly more appealing and perhaps other parents had the same misconception that I had. Mousetrap is a Mensa Award winning game… and now I better understand why, as children are assembling the contraption that is supposed to capture opponents mice. Colorful, active, and hands-on… Mousetrap is highly recommended.

Family Game Night Favorites

Exit Game is a “one & done” game, meaning that you play it once, use the pieces, puzzles, materials and then discard. The Exit Game is an escape-the-room type of game with clues and a variety puzzles, a decipher wheel and solution cards. It includes riddle cards for puzzles & activities, help cards, 2nd help cards and solutions for each puzzle or activity in case you get stuck. This is a group game, best with four or more players. It is a cooperative game, whereby everyone is working together to solve the puzzle. There are three distinct variations including The Secret Lab, The Abandoned Cabin, and Pharaoh’s Tomb.

Family Game Night Favorites

Not Parent Approved is a fast pace, kid-friendly card game sure to get the giggles going. This card game was inspired by Cards Against Humanity, which is strictly adult oriented. Not Parent Approved has kid-appropriate content without stripping all the hilarity away. The game consists of blue question cards and red answer cards. Taking turns, a question card is drawn and read allowed. Each participant holds 3 answer cards and must choose one to best answer the question posed each turn. The person reading the question is the judge of the best answer offered and that person gets points. It play fast, it plays fun… and it packs up easy for on-the-go fun.

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Let’s talk about Blurble. First off, it’s a fun title for a game, silly in and of itself. Blurble is another party game, whereby each participant has a small stack of cards and go against each other player individually by flipping the top card and quickly shouting out another word that starts with the same letter. Sounds simple enough… but offers enough tongue twisting challenge to be entertaining. There are additional educational games and activities suggestions provided as well.

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Lastly, we want to bring to you Who’s The Dude. This is a family charades game… with one additional family member: The Dude. We’ve adopted our blow up friend and named him Stan. Stan hangs out more than just playing Who’s The Dude (he’s watched movies with us, crafted with us… we just have fun with him where we can). However, the game is surely entertaining enough because it comes with plenty of objects and activities that players act out with the dude for the other team to guess. Victoria got a huge kick out of using Stan as a fly swatter during one of her rounds. Silliness and laughs… isn’t that what it’s all about in the end. A great family game and perfect for any kid-friendly New Year’s party too.

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A Simple Game for Siblings: Moose Caboose

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This is a #sponsored post whereby we were given a sample copy for review. Working with companies like Winning Moves, affords us the opportunity to bring these insights to our readers. As always, the opinions herein are strictly my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

 

Moose Caboose

Moose Caboose is a card game for 2-4 players about building trains. The object of the game is to earn as many train carriages as possible. You link carriages together by matching the colors on the cards in your hand with the cards in play. Trains continue to grow in length until a player plays a moose caboose card. When a player plays a moose caboose card they collect all the carriages on the train. At the end of the game, whoever has the most cards is the winner.

Moose Caboose is a fun and quick game to pick up and play, taking approx 15 mins. We are fans of card games that are easily packed into our grab bag for on-the-go fun and those games that are fast to play. Moose Caboose is a great game to bring with on trips to beach or wherever the family might go. Moose Caboose is designed for a younger audience and while the packaging recommends 6+ we seem to think 4 and older will do fine with supervision. And because of that we feel this is a great preschool game.

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International Tabletop Day – Family Gaming Fun

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April 11, 2015 is International Tabletop Day, a globally recognized event whereby encouraging people to gather to play board games, dice games, card games – you know, tabletop games.

We are hosting our first #Tabletopday event in our South Jersey home. For tickets and information on this community event, please register here.  This is a FREE event, perfect for families and folks of all ages. Some of the games available at our event include classics like Life, Sorry and Connect 4, in addition to cooperative games such as Mermaid Island and Forbidden Island. Games for younger ones include Rush Hour, Busy Time and Monopoly Junior. We have a large selection of games for teens/adults that includes Ascension, SKOSH, Munchkin, Gloom and many more. The pre-teen crowd might appreciate the DVD interactive games we will have available (Atmos-Fear and Pirates of the Caribbean). Truly something for everyone.

Again if interested, please register via http://www.eventbrite.com/e/homeroom-at-home-international-tabletop-day-tickets-16408479203 for this FREE event.

International Tabletop Day is a globally recognized event by which people gather to participate in and celebrate tabletop games. International Tabletop Day was founded three years ago and can be further explored at http://TabletopDay.com.

For other local International Tabletop Day events, please visit their official website at http://TabletopDay.com/find-event. Events are being held all over and we highly encourage participation as it gives you an opportunity to try a game you haven’t seen or to test-drive one you had your eye out for. International Tabletop Day allows for interaction with other players… and sometimes games require teams or multi-players – and well, here’s your opportunity. We look forward to being introduced to a game that we didn’t know was on the market and personally… I appreciate having someone show me the set up and basics of a game vs having to comb through the instructions (and sometimes those instruction manuals can be something of a novel). All great advantages to International Tabletop Day.

*Disclosure: We were afforded the opportunity to review SKOSH from Goldbrick Games. We were not compensated for this review and all the information contained above is strictly our own opinion. Thank you, Goldbrick Games for a trivia game that I actually have a shot at winning against my “trivia junky” husband. We really enjoyed playing and looking forward to featuring this team-based game at our International Tabletop Day event.

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